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Old 04-20-2013, 04:03 PM
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great start with a new customer!!!

Darryl I tend to get about 75% of the jobs I bid on for just myself to do but when I do mulch jobs or cleanups that require me plus another guy I end up getting just under 50%. I appreciate the input and don't want to be that "low ball" guy! I feel myself getting better with estimates after my first year last year! I barely profited a few jobs last year so I've gone up alot and gotten much better!
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Old 04-20-2013, 04:06 PM
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great start with a new customer!!!

And Patriot I'm certainly that typical new guy with very low overhead for only taxes and insurance and all my USED equipment is payed off. I haven't seen many guys on here mowing with a JD F510 mower like me lol but I'm trying to build a solid client base while working my full time job and a 15 month old at home! Slowly but surely one day I will be doing it full time and I can't wait
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Old 04-20-2013, 04:56 PM
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I think you under charged. I did a spring cleanup last week for $240. I blewl off under the deck and the hill in the back yard, edged the beds and mowed with a Jagger on. I was in and out in 2.5hrs on a 1/4 acre lot. I was back 4 days later for the weekly mowing at $40, and sold all new mulch @ $100/yd. I at 30/hr I think you under charged.
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Old 04-20-2013, 05:14 PM
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great start with a new customer!!!

In my defense there are 2 separate companies around about 60% of my properties who advertise $55 spring cleanups and leaf clean ups on ANY size property that make me very nervous everytime I give a estimate for any kind of cleanup. But I stick to my guns and if I get it I get it and if not then I don't. I'm not trying to do this for just some side money and after some of the replies here I will be looking a bit closer at my hourly rate but at this time like I said I'm still learning and open to all criticizing!
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Old 04-20-2013, 05:16 PM
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I think you under charged. I did a spring cleanup last week for $240. I blewl off under the deck and the hill in the back yard, edged the beds and mowed with a Jagger on. I was in and out in 2.5hrs on a 1/4 acre lot. I was back 4 days later for the weekly mowing at $40, and sold all new mulch @ $100/yd. I at 30/hr I think you under charged.
From your point of view he did. From my point of view he did. Why? Because mine and probably your cost of doing business is higher. Now here's the rub. He made money and he is happy with what he made. What are the chances the customer couldn't afford our prices, hence we wouldn't have gotten the job.
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:47 PM
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:21 PM
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When you get 75% of the jobs you are quoting your prices are to low.

The last clean ups I have done on quarter acre properties I charged $180, $225, $216, plus sales tax. They all took 3 hours to do.

I see ads all the time where cleans advertised $99. With the fine print starting at.

Try to sell on your quality not your price.

Hope this was helpfull. When starting out in this business it feels good everytime when you get a job.
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:34 AM
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We just booked another large spring cleanup for $750.00 charging 37.50 per man for 10 hours. He is inline with his charges.
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:05 AM
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:15 AM
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We just booked another large spring cleanup for $750.00 charging 37.50 per man for 10 hours. He is inline with his charges.
Nice. See, you just gave yourself a 25% raise!
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